God’s Timing & Provision

On Wednesday, May 18th, Courtney and I stepped out in faith and I resigned a position I had held for just under 2 years. We knew that God was moving us somewhere new, but we did not know where that would be. It was a scary thought, but it was also an invigorating one. As my father in law said, “It’s better to be unemployed and in the center of God’s will than anywhere else.” We wanted to let God write the script and we were ready to go wherever He called us next. I am beyond excited to say that today was my first day in a brand new position at West Ridge Church in Dallas, GA. God’s timing and His provision was nothing short of mind-blowing. So, as a testament of God’s work in our lives I wanted to share how this all came about. 

On Thursday afternoon, May 19th, I got a phone call from a friend telling me about a Married Groups Director position they had open. When he asked me if I would be interested, my first response was to laugh (as was my wife’s when I told her) and tell him that I didn’t even know if I would be qualified for that since I had absolutley no groups experience.

This reminds me of when God told Abraham and Sarah they were going to have a son in their old age: their response was laughter. (Genesis 17:17 & 18:12) They did not see how something that had proven to be physically impossible could be accomplished, but God fulfilled his promise in spite of their laughter and doubt. 

In my 10 years of ministry, I have always relied heavily on my abilities (playing guitar and singing) but this position is one that will stretch me and grow me. It will cause me to rely more fully on God to help me and sustain me, rather than relying on myself. I feel like I am in a really great place: I must lean on the Holy Spirit, and the great pastors and leaders He has placed around me. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It is humbling and thrilling. 

This position is extremely different than anything I have done before and Courtney and I are excited about that! God’s timing could not have been more perfect. We have prayed daily that God would open the one right door for our family and He did just that! All credit goes to Jesus for providing this new role for us. We are so blessed to be a part of West Ridge Church.

I cannot thank those who have prayed for us enough! The countless texts, calls, and messages were always comforting and came just when we needed them the most. (Like when I had times of thinking, “what are we doing?”) Prayer really does work. I can say with 100% honesty and full belief that God answers prayer. He is always working and He is ALWAYS faithful. God is sovereign. We didn’t know where we were headed, but God knew and He was going before us! We wanted to seek God and His will alone because in the end that is all that will ever matter.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 

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Taking The First Step

As most of you know, yesterday was my last Sunday as the Worship & Creative Arts Pastor at New Season Church. Almost 3 weeks ago, I resigned my position. I did this without having a plan to provide for my family. Sounds stupid and unwise, right? I agree, when you look at it from a strictly humanist worldview. I was always raised to believe (and I will raise my son the same way) that you don’t leave a job until you have a job. Well, I did the complete opposite. However, this was not a snap decision. After fasting, seeking wise counsel, and weeks of prayer, Courtney and I knew that God was calling us to leave. Sometimes God tells you to go, and he only shows you that first step (like Abram in Genesis 12, or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).INDY

I honestly do not know what is next for us. We have countless pastors, friends, and family members praying for us. We appreciate and need all of that, but ultimately we are relying on God. A friend of mine made a wise statement to me during this process. He said, “Chase, your job is not your provider, Jesus is” and that is a statement I have let echo in my mind to this day. I need a constant reminder of God’s provision in my life. The awesome thing is that God knows everything, so even though I don’t know what I will do for a paycheck tomorrow, God has known. We are trusting Him to provide for us and to put us exactly where He wants us to be.

In the meantime, I will be filling in for churches in our area that are without a worship leader, or just need someone to fill in for their worship guy who may need a break. If you know of any churches needing someone to lead worship for them on any Wednesdays/Thursdays or Sundays, please send them my way!

I would also ask you to pray for Pastor Steve, Vickie, and the rest of New Season Church. They have gone through a lot of transition lately and that is never easy. Even though my time at New Season is done, God is not yet done with New Season. Pray specifically that God will send the right people to fill the roles that are lacking. Pray that God will continue to use His church to impact lives for Jesus.

For all those who are praying for us, thank you and please don’t stop! We are excited to see what God has in store for us!

Your Mom Goes To College!

This post has nothing to do with the above statement. I just thought it would be funny…

I have been enrolled at Liberty University for a LONG time. The good news — I am finally a senior! The bad news — I still have 11 classes I need to take and it is NOT cheap!

My wife and I have refused to take out student loans and have been paying out of pocket. This has not been easy but we know that in the end it will be worth it. All this said, we need to raise/make/find around $11,000 for me to finish school.

Here is where you come in. (No, I am not asking you to give us money) I need to book up EVERY Wednesday and EVERY Sunday through August. So if you know ANY churches that may need a worship leader or speaker for any dates that are listed below PLEASE let me know or pass my name along. I am willing to drive up to 2 hours from Atlanta.

June
16- Booked
19- Available
23- Booked
26- Available
30- Booked

July- entire month wide open!
3- Available
7- Booked
10- Available
14- Available
17- Available
21- Available
24- Available
28- Booked
31- Available

August- entire month wide open!

You can direct your worship leader, lead pastor, youth pastor, or whoever to my website for video or information on me: www.chasegentes.com

As I get these dates filled I will keep you posted. Thank you in advance for at least praying and passing my name on! I need all the help I can get.

I will also be releasing a FULL length album soon (10 songs, maybe more) to help with this venture as well. So be sure to pick that up too when it is released!

-chase